Witchboard (1986) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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When his girlfriend becomes dangerously obsessed with a ghost she contacted using a ouija board, Jim reluctantly joins forces with her ex - his own estranged childhood best friend - to identify and exorcise the evil spirit.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 80 found boring (16.25%)

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Rent Witchboard for a gripping story and some insight on how Quija boards work...

Tawny Kitaen plays with a Ouija Board at a wild party and then all those closest to her start dying mysteriously in this scary, but overall empty horror flick.


Some of the camera-work is genuinely effective, and the characters are entertaining and basically likable.

Directed by Kevin Tenney, who later helmed the ferocious zombie splatter flick "Night of the Demons," delivers a solid thriller here that, despite its age, is an enjoyable and well-made picture that has high emphasis for cinematography and mood and little time for blood spills.

Entertaining enough...

Anyhows this was a pretty entertaining film, mainly because it was well written...

This movie shows you don't have to make a really expensive, high budget to make an entertaining movie.

The death scenes are cheap looking and the part when Jim fights with Carlos and shoots the Ouija board is very confusing.

We all hear stories about people who decide to mess with the ouija board, and this is one that is quite entertaining.

The climatic battle between good and evil is pretty suspenseful, although the whole project is nearly scuppered by a really bad back-projected scene of someone being pushed through a window.

Tawny Kitaen has a little nudity here, but if that's your quest, The Perils of Gwendoline is preferable, and at least as entertaining.

There are naïve characters doing incredibly dumb things and meeting horribly entertaining demises.

They went in such a predictable and uninspiring route.

It is actually quite entertaining if a bit slight.

So overall the movie is rather dull, but worth watching if you've got that acquired taste in 80's horror movies.

I enjoyed it and got freaked out when watching it.

The conflict between them in the first half of the movie and how they re-kindle their former strong friendship in the second half was truly compelling, emotionally touching and very realistic.

It's not near as good as Kevin Tenney's later flick, Night of the Demons, but you could waste your time in worse ways.

It's up to Linda's scruffy, skeptical blue collar boyfriend Jim (an engaging performance by Todd Allen) and her smart, slick college-educated former lover Brandon (the equally solid Stephen Nichols) to stop the evil supernatural force before it's too late.

Kinda Dull .

It had it's low-points -- the story was a little slow and predictable at times.

I was rather disappointed with the ending, but everything up to that point kept you on the edge of your seat.

This particular film wouldn't suit all horror fans, as it's slowly paced, not really ever that scary, and is more plot-heavy than one might expect.

I sat the whole time on the edge of my seat wondering just what was going to happen next.

Tenney, this film is poorly scripted, badly acted and generally pretty dull.

Based on this research Tenny did not only a good script, but a gripping story.

You can guess the outcome from the start but WITCHBOARD works hard to keep things as unpredictable (as is possible for such a story) and twisty as can possibly be.


**1/2out of****For an enjoyable late-night horror fare.

But the Ouija board sequences are tightly directed and fairly gripping, and that's the pay-off to the movie.

The idea of a Ouija board is certainly an intriguing one, and since there aren't a great deal of films that make said item their main focus, this one really deserved to be better.

The pace was slow with only a few deaths.

Adequately entertaining...

No, this movie isn't overly frightening, but it is still enjoyable after all these years.

The plot is predictable and there are no big twists from what I have seen.

The film is a slow burner, taking it's time to develop the creepy stuff, and allow the story to play out naturally.

And the tone is consistently suspenseful thanks to the score.

Thematically unsubtle and artistically and narratively inconsistent, this sappy bromance is more entertaining for its flaws than for its plot or audiovisual style.

stylishly made horror flick is creepy very well made and well actedi really dug the premise in this one it is original and unpredictable and they developed the characters in this flick very well so i cared about all of them see this for sure it totally rocks **** out of 5

Still, it can get annoying and repetitive.

I didn't find it effective, scary or particularly entertaining either to be honest.

Unfortunately the action drags and the film becomes suitably dull.

The last big flaw is that there's way too much down-time in here, making it feel really dull at times.

The eerie camerawork and haunting score will keep you on the edge of your seat as the Wonderful cast attempts to unwind this thrilling mystery.

Rather than being a boring gore fest with wooden acting, as were so many of the 80s horror films, this one keeps you engaged with suspense, camera technique, and an interesting score written by a relative of the obscure writer/director.

Creepy and suspenseful!.

Even the plodding bits manage to be interesting enough, and the camera work is of a high enough standard to keep your eyes open.

Overall, this entire film is a little silly, but it still manages to be fairly entertaining.

Witchboard is a lot better than you might expect & while I would stop short of calling it an absolute classic it's definitely an enjoyable slice of 80's supernatural horror that actually holds up very well.

They were entertaining and usually tense even if rarely scary.

This movie was mildly entertaining.

There are some moments where I thought it used the premise to its fullest potential and others I thought were a true waste of time.

There's also an unexpected twist.

It's a really slow-moving affair, with a lot of padding that does nothing to build a creepy feeling.

What SHOULD have been a terrifying, creepy, skin-crawling experience, turned out to be a yawn-inducing low-budget movie which has about three scenes of any merit.

An OK rental for a boring rainy night.